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We all have that one application that we can’t live without. It’s the first thing we look at in the morning, and the last one we use before we shut down for the day. It’s always on our minds, and always open on our computers. What […]

We all have that one application that we can’t live without. It’s the first thing we look at in the morning, and the last one we use before we shut down for the day. It’s always on our minds, and always open on our computers.

What is the one application that you can’t live without? Email applications are a given, so we’ll take that one out or the running. So lets talk about the one you really can’t live without, and how it makes your day better, and more productive.

For me, it has to be Google Docs. I always have it open to my list of current documents in progress, updating and adding to any of them quickly and easily. I love this application because it’s so easy to use from wherever I am located, and I can access it on any computer.

  1. That is a good question, my faverotie application is Evolution, I can’t live without it, I like how it integrates with the Gnome desktop, it is brilliant :-)

  2. I would have to say mine is NewsFire. It’s the first thing I use when I open my MBP and the last thing I use before I close it for the day.

  3. I’d have to say it’s Colibri on the pc. It’s an application launcher that you load apps by typing their names, similar to Quicksilver on the Mac, but not as cool sadly. Anyways, it saves me so much time for me instead of having to go to Start and find an application.

  4. For me, Backpack is indispensable. It’s a web-based Getting Things Done toolset where I can build pages from lists, notes, files and pictures. It’s accompanied by “Writeboards”, wiki-like pages I can easily write structured texts on. Backpack and Writeboard pages can be shared with other people for collaboration.

    I use Backpack to, for example, manage my tasks (aka “next actions”), keep checklists, plan vacations and outline my next podcasts. And, most importantly at the moment, I have a Backpack page for my christmas wish list. :-)

  5. You pretty much read my mind, Chris. I was doing a post this morning about emotional connections to applications – and those people can’t bare to live without – and here you are posting this. I’d say my top two applications would have to be Gmail and Goplan – one manages my email, the second manages pretty much all my activity (from personal projects to work). Oh, and Flickr. Naturally.

  6. Entirely not on my mind at any moment is StrokeIt. I find it hard to use computers without it thought. Easily one of the best pieces of software ever written – does exactly what I want it to do, and so well that I rarely actually remember I’m using it all the time.

  7. For me it is definitely Google Reader. I’m in my RSS reader approximately ten times a day. Couldn’t live without it.

  8. Quicksilver for the Mac. i cringe when using a windows machine solely because of the lack of this software.

  9. Active Refresh. Not only do I do my daily reading this way, we also use it to manage events on our site by watching feeds of actions in quasi real time.

  10. Netvibes has become indispensable for me. I run all my feeds through it, including my iCal feeds from Google Calendar and my Basecamp projects making it the main focus in my GTD workflow.

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